bio·​ge·​og·​ra·​phy | \ ˌbī-ō-jē-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce biogeography (audio) \

Definition of biogeography

: a science that deals with the geographical distribution of animals and plants

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Other Words from biogeography

biogeographer \ ˌbī-​ō-​jē-​ˈä-​grə-​fər How to pronounce biogeography (audio) \ noun
biogeographic \ ˌbī-​ō-​ˌjē-​ə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce biogeography (audio) \ or biogeographical \ ˌbī-​ō-​ˌjē-​ə-​ˈgra-​fi-​kəl How to pronounce biogeography (audio) \ adjective
biogeographic distribution of organisms biogeographical ranges

Examples of biogeography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since smoke has likely been transporting microbes for millions of years, understanding this mechanism of transport can help us understand microbial biogeography and evolutionary diversity. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "How This Researcher Invented an Entirely New—and Entirely Badass—Field of Science," 20 Dec. 2019 Rachel Downey is a marine biogeography PhD candidate at the Fenner School of Environment and Society. Wired, "We Need to Protect Antarctic ‘Blue Carbon’," 4 Dec. 2019 Overview of the history of discovery, taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography of Majungasaurus crenatissimus from the late Cretaceous of Madagascar. Fox News, "70M year-old dinosaur replaced its teeth as fast as sharks," 3 Dec. 2019 The experiment was designed to test the theory of island biogeography, which Wilson and his collaborator Robert MacArthur first described in the 1960s. Quanta Magazine, "Lizard Stowaways Revise Principle of Ecology," 24 Sep. 2014 The result is a record of mountain biogeography from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution—a unique baseline for gauging the changes since then. Tim Appenzeller, Science | AAAS, "Global warming has made iconic Andean peak unrecognizable," 11 Sep. 2019 Helmus has exploited the rugged Anolis lizards to upend island biogeography theory. Quanta Magazine, "Lizard Stowaways Revise Principle of Ecology," 24 Sep. 2014 The pasar extrim speaks to Sulawesi’s striking biogeography. The Economist, "Asia’s appetite for endangered species is relentless," 19 Apr. 2018 This is a story of biogeography as well as medicine and public health, and of the consequences of human travel and transport. National Geographic, "Why Zika Is This Year’s Scary Virus," 28 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of biogeography

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of biogeography was in 1884

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“Biogeography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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bio·​ge·​og·​ra·​phy | \ -jē-ˈäg-rə-fē How to pronounce biogeography (audio) \
plural biogeographies

Medical Definition of biogeography

: a branch of biology that deals with the geographical distribution of animals and plants

Other Words from biogeography

biogeographic \ -​ˌjē-​ə-​ˈgraf-​ik How to pronounce biogeography (audio) \ or biogeographical \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce biogeography (audio) \ adjective

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